In February of 2009 Eric Holder vowed to end DEA raids on Medical Marijuana. In his statement he said, “the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana clubs that are established legally under state law.” But left in place from the dubya era is Michele Leonhart. Ms. Leonhart is defying the administrations ban on raids against legal growers. These are people who have applied for a license and are sanctioned by local or State governments which allow them to grow and sell medical marijuana.
Lately it seems that Obama can’t control anything! Whether you are following the BP oil spill, the misinformed decision to fire Shirley Sherrod for making racist comments, (since proved untrue), filing suit against Arizona for Arizona’s attempt to help the feds enforce federal laws at Arizona’s expense, the bailouts and numerous other out of control spending bills, one thing is clear, Obama has lost control of his administration.
People ARE dying as a direct result of Obama’s failure. It would seem that Obama is incapable of having his orders followed. Does that make him a lame duck potus? Or someone who can’t figure out how to get order from chaos? More like if he would obey the laws everything would fall into place. His socialist policies are angering Citizens left and right.
Updated: 03-29-09 05:12 AM
By Ryan Grim
Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference Wednesday that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana clubs that are established legally under state law. His declaration is a fulfillment of a campaign promise by President Barack Obama, and marks a major shift from the previous administration.
After the inauguration, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continued to carry out such raids, despite Obama’s promise. Holder was asked if those raids represented American policy going forward.
Either Obama can’t get his house in order or Michele Leonhart just doesn’t understand English. I’m betting on the former… The following deaths are directly related to drug enforcement against those using medical marijuana or those suspected of it and never having anything to do with marijuana.
On May 16, 2003 Alberta Spruill age 57 died of a heart attack brought on by the mistaken raid on her apartment by D.C. police. The medical examiner attributed her death to the “stress” of the raid. No drugs or guns were found. Alberta was totally innocent.
Johnathan Magbie, a paraplegic died when he was incarcerated for a first offense for possessing marijuana. He told the judge it made him feel better. While even the prosecutor would have been happy with probation, the judge decided to jail the offender. Magbie dies while serving 10 days because the jail couldn’t handle his medical needs. A law which was passed by voters but blocked by those in congress, could have saved his life.
Cheryl Noel was killed when police raided her home and set off a flash-bang device at 5 am. Woken from sleep, disoriented and scared to death she grabbed a gun to defend herself from attackers, (she thought). When police saw her with a gun they shot and killed her. Cheryl taught a bible study class during her lunch hour.
Donald Scott was shot three times after 30 officers served a warrant for marijuana. The police never found any marijuana. Scott was armed when the police, DEA, and asset seizure agents entered his home. As he attempted to put the gun down after being ordered to do so, he was fatally shot. His wife claims to have witnessed the incident.
Carter Singleton was suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma. The cancer caused his 6′ 230 pound body to lose weight. He couldn’t eat. He was sick all the time. He lost 80 lbs. in 5 months and became very weak. A concerned friend introduced him to marijuana. It allowed him to regain the ability to eat. After being arrested for cultivation he found a judge that actually listened to him. Carter Singleton has survived.
For those suffering with cancer or glaucoma the benefits of medical marijuana cannot be overstated. If the disease of cancer isn’t bad enough the doctor’s add insult to injury with chemo and/or radiation therapy. The patient’s body becomes unable to hold down food, suffers from constant nausea, vomiting and other debilitating side effects. Medical marijuana helps the patient overcome these side effects while giving them a sense of a return to their lives again.
Why then such a hard line by a woman who has been told to back off? Nor is she the only DEA head that can’t get the message right.
The medical benefits of marijuana have been proven. China has used medicinal marijuana for 4,700 years. There should be a lot known about it there. In the united States more than 20 products included marijuana components until 1947. Then suddenly the war on drugs was invented and it was taken from our pharmacopoeia. Between 1937 through 1942 the government collected taxes on marijuana.
The medical establishment has conducted over 20,000 studies on marijuana and its medicinal effects. Yet our laws remain in the dark ages. Law enforcement treats marijuana users the same as it does a meth or cocaine. The latter two often lead a user to death. No one has ever died on marijuana.
One medical study done and published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that marijuana promoted new neuron growth in rats given marijuana in both organic and synthetic form. The study concluded in surprise that chronic marijuana use may actually improve our ability to learn as well as our ability to access memories. Alcohol, which is legal, kills brain cells and memory. Alcohol poisoning often leads to death if left untreated.
Another study done by the University of Pittsburgh found that marijuana use did NOT lead to other drugs. The study was done over a 12 year period. The study wanted to know if marijuana led to other drug use. The conclusion was that it did not lead to other drugs any more than smoking tobacco or drinking did.
Lately the news from ICE and the Border patrol has been almost exclusively concerned with drug busts. Could this be the cause of the angst felt by the DEA for being excluded from drug enforcement? Since Obama has decided that the illegal alien invasion should be ignored while he attempts to force passage of amnesty, ICE and the border patrol have been detoured to drugs since they had to have something to do. That leaves the DEA, former exclusive drug enforcement arm of the law, out of a job… Of course that would mean drug smuggling would end if we legalized marijuana or stopped prosecuting cancer patients. I don’t think this administration would do anything that is good for America.
Recent news items show that that DEA’s office is targeting medical marijuana testing groups. The unbelievable statement made by Jeff Sweetin, special agent in charge for the DEA said, “If we were declaring war on dispensaries, they would not be hard to find. You can’t swing a dead cat around here without hitting thirty of them.“ Nice one Jeff!
The logic here made me do a double take. I had to read it twice in order to be sure I understood it.
As for the two marijuana testing labs DEA also raided? By applying for DEA licenses, both operations essentially compelled agents to come in and seize their weed.
So by complying with the laws stating they needed a license, the DEA busted them. What kind of disturbed thinking is that? The evidence of lawlessness and disorder continue to mount under the Obamination administration.
When we apply for a license to do anything in this country we are attempting to comply with the laws, which require them. But lately it seems that complying with the law will get you either sued or arrested. Why should anyone want to obey the laws of this country anymore? Is this leadership and change you can believe in America?
Along the lines of law and (apparently) disorder is the new Proposition 19 in California which will attempt to make it legal for residents to have so marijuana in their possession. Prop. 19 is also known as Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. What is odd is that the State of CA cannot collect the taxes if this proposition should pass. That will be the job of local governments. I would hope it passes. Our prisons and jails are filled with people who have harmed none and yet receive longer sentences than some murderers.
All the medical science behind the legalization of marijuana is ignored by the DEA. In fact, their stance on marijuana is diametrically opposed. While we know that smoking marijuana can cure nausea and vomiting, the DEA says it has no effect. You can view their stance HERE:
Maybe in another 20 years or so the DEA will catch up to the rest of the scientific community. The hysteria of the 70s when marijuana was outlawed has been disproven over and over again. Why is it that these agencies can’t join the current century?
Naturally our own broken, and corruption filled, fraud and death administration has taken the side of the DEA in this matter. Or maybe it was the DEA who took the fraud and death administrations side. Considering the Avandia scandal the FDA is now going through among so many others…, is there any wonder they have taken their misbegotten stand? The fraud and death administration wouldn’t know real science if it bit them on their collective asses!
Marijuana Policy Project is calling for the withdrawal of the Obaminator’s nomination of Michele Leonhart. According to MPP with her in charge the DEA is going to kill someone.
Under the direction of acting-administrator Michele Leonhart, the DEA has gone rogue. They are continuing to raid homes and businesses in compliance with state medical marijuana laws in direct opposition of the directive of the Department of Justice. Leonhart has been nominated to take over as head of the DEA which is why we are asking you to join us in calling on President Obama to withdraw this nomination.
According to the Huffington Post, who recently ran an article on Prop.19 in CA., the head of the NAACP California Conference Huffman has come out on the side of the legislation. She says that drug enforcement has caused a race issue. The numbers seem to bear out her view. However, there is stiff opposition in the form of one Bishop Allen. I think this could well be a highly sticky issue no matter how you analyze it. There could be contributing factors on why so many blacks are jailed or imprisoned for the offense of marijuana possession. like intent to distribute, gangs, etc. but it is clear that something isn’t right.
By Leonard Pitts
In 2007, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 9.5 percent of blacks (about 3.6 million people) and 8.2 percent of whites (about 16 million) older than 12 reported using some form of illicit drug in the previous month. Yet though there are over four times as many white drug users as black ones, blacks represent better than half those in state prison on drug charges, according to The Sentencing Project. The same source says that though two-thirds of regular crack users are white or Latino, 82 percent of those sentenced in federal court for crack crimes are black. In some states, black men are jailed on drug charges at a rate 50 times higher than whites.
So while the bishop hyperventilates about blacks “staying” high (?), he ignores a clearer and more present danger. As Michelle Alexander argues in her book, The New Jim Crow, those absurd sentencing rates, combined with laws making it legal to discriminate against even nonviolent former felons in hiring, housing and education, constitute nothing less than a new racial caste system.
And I would have to agree if the numbers are so skewered. There really should be 4 times as many whites in prison. What’s going on? Will the new proposition actually fix this inequality? I find the Bishops hysterical comments pretty ludicrous though. Just because you legalize something doesn’t mean everyone and their mother is suddenly going to go crazy. Not every one drinks yet alcohol is legal. Take a chill pill Bishop Allen…
The author of a new book about marijuana is daring the police to read it. The new book is entitled, “Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink.” The author is daring the DARE cops to read it and is distributing free copies of his book to any officers.
Pot advocates ask DARE officers to read book on pot vs. alcohol
Peter Marcus, DDN Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tvert is encouraging DARE officers and instructors to “dare to admit that marijuana is safer than alcohol.”
“For years DARE has been sending a very dangerous message that alcohol is a perfectly acceptable and enjoyable form of intoxication for adults, yet marijuana is just too harmful and should never be allowed as an alternative,” said Tvert. “DARE conference attendees will surely be encouraged to continue spreading this misguided and potentially dangerous message, so we decided to offer them a comprehensive, fact-based examination of these two substances that they can take home and share with their students.”
I have not read the book myself and so cannot say how good it is. However, considering the many deaths each year caused by alcohol poisoning, education could prevent any number of them. I’ll have to put it on my wish list!
As for Obama, he seems to have lost control of anything and everything so far. When he tells us this won’t happen, (NO NEW TAXES!), it does. When he says something else will happen, (like DEA enforcement against medical marijuana), it does. I would love to see some sanity come to the federal government and this administration.